If you poked your head out the window today you might have noticed that it’s beautiful out here in NYC and, once again, we’re left daydreaming of the great outdoors. The 3BR/3BA penthouse loft at Chelsea’s The Cammeyer — which just hit 80% sold — has one of the most casually inviting terraces on the market. The massive space is ideal for any kind of entertaining, but we like to think of it more as a private getaway where one can be alone above the bustle of the city.
A typical New York winter wouldn’t normally include the kind of Monday the city experienced this week, sunny and touching 60 on the thermometer. Global warming fears aside, it makes us think about those apartments in the city that have access to beautiful outdoor spaces built for lounging with family and friends. CORE’s jaw-dropping Chelsea penthouse at 166 West 18th Street, also known as Yves, is so massive and modern that some of the little things — like this private 230-square-foot terrace — tend to go unnoticed. But the way it’s been decked out makes it ideal for capturing those fleeting moments when the New York winter is wonderful.
Architects have the ability to make you feel like you’ve stepped into another place in another time, and the legendary Emery Roth brought the English Countryside to downtown Manhattan at the Devonshire House. Earlier we highlighted a new CORE listing in the pre-war Greenwich Village condominium, and we couldn’t leave the building be without mentioning the lobby, which Roth designed in a Tudor Manor style. Imagine returning to this calm and quaint atmosphere after a long day and you’ll start to understand what makes this building special. Not seen: the beautiful interior garden just outside those windows.
Ever wonder why real estate near the Brooklyn waterfront sells for Manhattan-like prices? Then we direct you to this shot from the DUMBO neighborhood, where converted industrial loft buildings blend perfect with newer construction, all set against the East River and Manhattan skyline. Specifically this is the twilight view from the amazing penthouse at 189 Bridge Street, and it’s a view you can only get in Brooklyn. Sometimes an “outer” borough gives you the most “inside” New York feeling possible.
A private piece of the great outdoors is an amazing luxury few in New York can claim to have, but that luxury doesn’t come without its limits. A backyard tends to lose its luster when those New York City winters roll in, and a property where you can enjoy the outside while staying cozy indoors becomes an even more prized possession. This historic Greenwich Village townhouse at 36 Bedford Street is just that, with serene outdoor spaces and enough glass to enmesh you in the outdoors even when the elements suggest otherwise. Your move, Mother Nature.
Manhattan has one of the most famous skylines in the world, and the best part is it’s constantly changing. A perfect example is this photo from a private terrace at Penthouse B at 44 Laight Street in TriBeCa, which is available to rent through CORE’s Liz Dworkin for $20,000 per month. Look closely and you’ll see a crane and steel rising in the distance. That black speck is 1 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, soon to be the tallest building in the country at 1776′ tall. Today, according to the latest update, the building’s structural steel has risen to the 91st floor, and it will keep rising rapidly until April. It’s fun to see how a view changes over time, and it’s even more fun to do so from a Jacuzzi.
Some of the most serene views in Manhattan belong to the buildings facing the East River that dot the edges of Sutton Place and its surrounding neighborhoods. It’s an iconic view, and one you’ll get from the corner 2BR/2BA apartment listed by CORE’s Elisabeth Kee at 25 Sutton Place South. Waking up to postcard views of the river is great, but we also love this night view (especially around the holidays), with the Queensboro Bridge twinkling with light like the world’s biggest Christmas tree.
We know we’ve been talking about our new project, 1280 Fifth Avenue, a lot lately. So today we’ll just show off a little of what we’re so excited about. Here’s a beautiful view of Central Park from the building, including the Harlem Meer (”meer” is Dutch for “lake”), a name that salutes the area’s early settlers. Hidden by the fall foliage near the lower left corner of the photo is the Bernard Family Playground, which enjoys some great views itself. Not bad for a front yard, right?
What goes on atop a Manhattan building is a mystery to all but that building’s inhabitants — and the neighbors in taller buildings looking out their windows, of course. You don’t necessarily expect a 70-year-old pre-war building like 405 West 57th Street to have such a relaxed, fun and communal retreat on its tippy top, but it’s the unexpected that makes peeking into older New York City buildings so interesting. And buyers will have their chance to peek on Sunday, when there’s a scheduled open house for a 1-bedroom apartment in this co-op building. Go ahead and tell us if that rooftop looks as pretty in person.
When Central Park turns too touristy, Upper East Siders know exactly where to go for a quiet slice of serenity and greenery in the city. Carl Schurz Park on East End Avenue provides such an escape. A charming prewar one-bedroom apartment at 509 East 88th Street — listed by CORE’s Limor Nesher — is just steps from the park and its highest-profile neighbor, Gracie Mansion. Consider the surroundings your own island within an island. And please, try to keep it a secret.